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Opportunity Scholarship

*Scholarships must be taken in the year in which they are offered. A scholarship cannot be deferred or carried over from one year to the next.**

"The Griffith scholarship programme has benefited me greatly; without it I would have struggled to afford the cost of College. It has helped open career paths and is something that employers are very impressed by. Being in the scholarship programme also allowed me to create relationships with scholarship winners from other courses. We were all there throughout our degrees to help and support each other.”

- Hannah Moran-Jackson, Academic Scholar, BA (Hons) in Fashion Design.

Every year Griffith College awards scholarships to students who show an interest in our courses and can demonstrate an ability or passion for that area, but may not ordinarily be able to afford our tuition fees. Below is some information that describes what the scholarship is, how you apply and who is eligible for it.

The scholarship covers the entire cost of the programme for your duration of study, including the registration fees.

It does NOT include accommodation, living or travel expenses which the student would need to organise themselves. It is important that the applicant takes this into consideration when applying for the scholarship.

Important Dates

  • Monday, 6 January 2020 – Scholarship form opens
  • Friday, 24 April 2020 – Scholarship application closes
  • Monday/Tuesday, 18/19 May 2020 – Scholarship interviews 
  • Friday, 29th May 2020 – Successful candidates will be notified.

Please note - all information sent to us will be treated in the strictest confidence.

If you require any further information please e-mail our Schools Liaison Officer at [email protected] or call Sinéad on 087 100 4564.

The Opportunity Scholarship applications for 2020/2021 are now CLOSED.

*This scholarship is only open to Leaving Certificate and FETAC students, as well as students in Northern Ireland. Students applying from overseas are NOT eligible for this opportunity scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for a Griffith College scholarship?

The scholarship is open to any current Leaving Certificate student and those studying on FETAC courses in Ireland. All Northern Irish school students may also apply. 

For more information about eligibility standards, please contact us.

Is there an interview?

Yes, following the successful completion of the online application form, the applicant will be scheduled for a short interview with the Schools Liaison Officer and an independent Guidance Counsellor to discuss their scholarship application. This interview will be held at the Griffith College campus the student has applied to and will be approximately 30 minutes long.


When will I know the result?

You will know the result about one week after your interview. The Schools Liaison Officer will phone you with the result and will also send you an email confirmation of the result. 

Is the scholarship means-tested?

Yes, this is a scholarship of opportunity and is means-tested. Applicants will have to provide evidence of their parents'/guardian's income to determine their suitability for the scholarship. It is intended to support students who otherwise may not afford tuition at a private university. 

Will I know if I'm accepted before the CAO closes?

Yes, you will know the result of your scholarship application by the 19th of May 2020. You will be able to utilise the CAO Change of Mind facility to put the Griffith College course code as the number one choice on your CAO at this time.  

Do I still need to submit a portfolio if I am offered a scholarship?

If you apply for the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, the BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture or the BA (Hons) in Design Communications, you will still need to complete and submit a general art portfolio for acceptance into these programmes. Your portfolio will need to be presented on the day of the interview and you will need to pass the portfolio assessment to receive a scholarship.

Can I defer the scholarship?

No, applicants have to take the scholarship in the year that its offered.

Is on-campus accommodation included in the scholarship?

No, the scholarship only covers the student's academic fees for each year of their chosen course. 

Do I have additional responsibilities as a Griffith College student if I accept the scholarship?

Yes, you will be required to sign a Griffith College Student Remit and commit to representing and assisting the college at a number of events, e.g. Open Evenings, Higher Options and Maths Revision.